Eastman EMS team receives Star of Life Award

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KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) – There was a special ceremony Tuesday morning at Eastman Chemical Company to recognize the men who helped save a man’s life in January, 2014.

On January 30th, 2014, Eastman’s Crew #1 EMS team arrived within two minutes of an emergency call and saved a patient’s life.

The dedication and training of this service is exemplified in the crew’s ability to deal with life and death situations. This team was recently recognized in Nashville with the company’s fourth EMS Star of Life Award from the Tennessee Emergency Medical Services for Children (TN EMSC).

Carvis Harlow was in full cardiac arrest when they arrived on scene and started working on him. Parker Smith, VP/GM Worldwide Manufacturing and Support for Eastman, says the men knew exactly what to do, “They responded to that situation and immediately began to do the things that it took to revive Mr. Harlow and he is doing great today.”

Mr. Harlow recently was able to retire in good health thanks to their work.

Emergency responders in Eastman’s Plant Protection Department participate in extensive monthly and annual training to prepare for these situations.

This team is one of four crews that represent Eastman’s Emergency Services and this is one of nine saves that has occurred since 2009 on the Eastman site.

Smith says this high success rate is due in part to the ability to respond to any location on site, generally within three minutes or less, “They know the plant like the back of their hand, they know exactly where to go. We have some of them that are actually roving so, in a lot of cases, they are there in less than a minute or so.”

Eastman is one of the largest employers in the state and Smith says having on site emergency responders is a plus, “As large as we are, that’s one of the things that is very nice. We have an economy at scale that enables us to have this sort of capability and it’s very important because we have 7,000 people on site and we need that kind of response and they are able to respond to anything that goes on in the plant in a matter of minutes,” said Smith.Copyright 2015 WJHL. All rights reserved.

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